Former Little Falls Miner James Hoyt (51, center) at the World Series Championship parade with Joe Musgrove (left) and Chris Devenski (right).
HOUSTON – Houston Astros pitchers Mike Fiers and James Hoyt, who both have ties to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL), are now World Series Champions. The two were on hand at the team’s championship parade on Friday, November 3, to help celebrate the first title in the franchise’s 56-year history.
Fiers, who pitched collegiately at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., spent two summers with the Saratoga Phillies, who relocated to Oneonta in 2010 and became the Outlaws. With the Phillies, Fiers won the 2007 Pitcher of the Year Award and he amassed a whopping 142 strikeouts in his two seasons combined. In his second full season as an Astro, the 6-foot-2 righty made 29 appearances and 28 starts on the mound in the regular season. Fiers, who was originally selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft by Milwaukee, went 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA in 153.1 innings and his 146 strikeouts mark the second-highest single-season total of his major league career.
Hoyt suited up for the Mohawk Valley franchise in the summer of 2008, when the team was known as the Little Falls Miners. As a Miner, the Polmar College product struck out 25 in 35.1 innings of work. After two junior college seasons, he finished his collegiate career at Centenary College of Louisiana, which competed at the Division I level at the time. After being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Braves, the Braves traded Hoyt to Houston alongside Evan Gattis in January of 2015, and he would make his MLB debut in 2016. This year he logged 49.1 innings in 43 appearances out of the bullpen, going 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA and 66 strikeouts.
About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 14-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wood bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.